For Arsenal It was always going to be tricky on an away trip to Ludogorets having known Arsenal’s past in such fixtures and fans mumbling around about the November Blues and it was evident in the first 20 minutes with the score line indicating 2-0 in favour of the home side. It took 5 minutes for Arsene Wenger’s men to respond and things were leveled before half time setting up a crucial second half Arsenal.
In the second half there was a war of attrition as Ludogorets did well at frustrating Arsenal by keeping basically every outfield player behind the ball and it was a balancing act till the 87th minute when Elneny found Ozil clear of the defence with a delicious ball over the top and then the German showed his class to win the game for the Gunners Arsenal.
David Ospina – 6/10
Not the type of spectacular performance he put up in the first 3 games and was rather below his standards, made some decent saves in the second half but the damage was done till then. Was unconvincing on the crosses and often wrong footed, reluctant to leave his line.
Kieran Gibbs – 6/10
For the past few games he looked a different player going up the pitch but his defending part still needed some work, in this game he was completely isolated as neither he was involved going up nor he produced a great performance defending for his team as well, left completely stranded in the second goal for Ludogorets.
Carl Jenkinson – 6.5/10
Recently said he’s going to challenge the Spaniard for this place and going by his performance he needs to pull his sock up a little more. Had little to offer up the pitch for a RB but solid defending on the contrary.
Laurent Koscielney – 6.5/10
He might have had taken this game lightly and was seen so, caught off guard on numerous occasions and was at fault for the second goal albeit it was not a big one. We all know how he raises his game and it was one of those days where he was just being normal.
Shokdran Mustafi – 6/10
For the past couple of matches his tendency to go higher up the pitch has cost him and he needs to take it easy and play sensible at times, there is no doubt over his defending abilities but his movement is what needs a little repair work, equal partner at fault along with Koscielney for the second goal.
Francis Coquelin – 7/10
Decent performance by him and it’s hard to blame him for any of the goals, recently a stat report surfaced which ranked him 1 in number of passes played in the final third above Messi and Neymar which shows how good he is in the final stages.
Granit Xhaka – 7.5/10
Excellent composure in finishing the goal and was one of the best players of the night for Arsenal. Good in compact passes but earned a yellow for a cynical challenge and this is an issue where Wenger needs to talk to him otherwise decent player.
Alexis Sanchez – 6/10
Change in position might have affected his tempo and he looked uncomfortable out wide and his touches also betrayed him today, it was one of those off days for him and he surely will return to his best come the NLD.
Mesut Ozil – 8/10
“He is Arsene Wenger’s man,
He is on par with Zidane,
He is Mesut Ozil, man!”
Some individual goal we’ve seen in quite a period so far and was typical Ozil performance, his 200th assist meant only Messi has more than him for club and country and Ozil is still 28.
Aaron Ramsey – 6.5/10
Awkward position for him on the right wing, he is more of a central player but his assist came from that right wide which Giroud headed beautifully, misplaced some key passes and slowly regaining from where he left at the Euro’s.
Olivier Giroud – 7/10
Got the equalizer and was vital in the third goal as he tracked back and won it for Elneny to whip it atop to Ozil who did his thing, decent performance for the Frenchmen but can do better.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain – 7/10
Added the pace to the game Ramsey failed to deliver out wide.
Mohammed Elneny – 7/10
Crucial ball to Ozil which he finished magnificently for the winner.
Alex Iwobi – N/A
Barely did anything.